Dragons: The Nine Realms

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Fun, modern-set Dragons spin-off has high-flying adventure.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Positive messages around friendship and courage; lead character Tom sometimes lies and doesn't respect adult authority.

Positive Role Models

Overall the teenage characters are good role models that try to be good friends and do the right thing. Lead character Tom is slightly rebellious, sometimes lying to adults and not respecting their authority. He does face consequences, but also he only has cool dragon adventures because he doesn't listen.

Diverse Representations

Positive gender representations -- lead character Tom's mom is a leading scientist, and Tom is an emotionally available teenager that has a good relationship with his mom. Girl characters are all strong and capable. Lead characters are a racially diverse group of friends who each get featured in storylines. Strong racial diversity in adult characters too, though adult characters are a bit more stereotypical (an Asian "tiger mom" and a Black hyper-physical militaristic dad). Characters don't talk about their various identities.

Violence & Scariness

No violence but fairly scary adventure scenes. Characters are often in peril and show signs of distress. Dragons are ultimately friendly but do show some aggression.

Sexy Stuff

Some teenage flirtation.


Infrequent rude language like calling a kid's risky actions "stupid;" infrequent cursing-adjacent language like "what the..." (without filling in the ending).


Tom mentions that his drone is expensive. There's also lots of Dragons merch available. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragons: The Nine Realms is a TV spin-off of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The show's high stakes adventures make this Dragons iteration too scary for preschoolers, but great for slightly older dragon fans. This is because while everything always turns out okay, there are multiple near-death experiences per episode. The dragons ultimately turn out to be friendly, but they do show some aggression at times. Otherwise, there's a bit of mild teenage flirtation and mild language, but no other iffy content. Some parents may not appreciate lead character Tom's mischievous streak -- a lot of the adventures occur after Tom has disobeyed an adult authority figure. He does face some consequences, but it's pretty clear that there would be no dragon awesomeness if Tom followed the rules.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byscarlettthedrag... January 7, 2022

I love dragons

I loved this it was really good I wish there we’re more than six episodes my favourite characters in the show are thunder and wu and wei ( who are both dragons... Continue reading
Adult Written bySokka20 December 24, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written byLikeyacutg7 January 6, 2022

Ok series suffers sloppy animation

Unlike my other reviews, I'm not typing this one like an expert.
Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2022

Dragons: The Nine Realms Review

Dragons: The Nine Realms is a fun adventure show that has strong friendships and mild suspense. The main character, Tom, is mischievous, but has a good relation... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DRAGONS: THE NINE REALMS, it's 1300 years after How to Train Your Dragon and dragons are nothing but a legend. A comet has opened up a mysterious miles-deep fissure and scientist Dr. Olivia Kullerson (Julia Stiles) is headed to a remote research facility to study the phenomenon. She brings her rebellious and adventurous teenaged son Tom along to the research station. There, Tom joins 3 other staff members' kids: tarot-card reading Jun Wong, shy bookworm Alex Gonzalez, and D'Angelo Baker. The teens are supposed to focus on schoolwork and avoid the super secret restricted areas of the station... but Tom has other ideas. He catches a glimpse of something flying in the fissure and decides to go investigate. He finds a dragon, which opens up a while new world to him and his friends. They each befriend a dragon, and each other, as they try to keep their secret safe from the adults all around them.

Is it any good?

It's tempting to wonder if the world really needed another spinoff of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, but this series is actually super fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Dragons: The Nine Realms has a great mixture of awesome dragon scenes, teenage friendships, and scientific mystery. Kids will love lead character Tom and his brave, curious persona (though grown-ups may wish he listened to adults a bit more). The rest of his friends are interesting characters that kids will identify with, and they'll also love the unique dragons they befriend. Like the rest of the Dragons world, the stunning animation and scenery in Nine Realms really bring the fantastical beasts to life. Families who enjoyed the original movies will have a great time watching this series together.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Tom's mischievous behavior -- is it okay that he doesn't listen to adults and sometimes lies? Does it matter that something good (discovering the dragons) came out of his mischievous behavior?

  • What would you do if you discovered dragons? What do you think would be the most fun or most hard part about being around dragons?

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